Cornered in the Outhouse

Angry rooster traps girl in the outhouse.

| Good Old Days

I was five years old and cornered in our little outhouse by the neighbor's red rooster. Every time I opened the door to go out, he flew at me. I screamed and cried until finally the rooster's owner rescued me. He walked me to our door with that horrible creature tucked under his arm, and told my mom, "He wants to fight anything today. I killed one of his favorite hens this morning for chicken and dumplings." 

Norma Moore
Belleville, Illinois

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 

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